HEARTFELT: Michelle Marriage, Deborah Rhodes and Rosie Favero in front of Warwick's Emporium Lane.
HEARTFELT: Michelle Marriage, Deborah Rhodes and Rosie Favero in front of Warwick's Emporium Lane. Bianca Hrovat

Warwick to help Samuel Johnson keep promise to late sister

DANCING with the Stars finalist Samuel Johnson will be tapping into the hearts of Warwick next week in an effort to raise funds for cancer research.

Belle Vue Café and Emporium Lane joined forces to bring the actor and philanthropist to Palmerin Street next Saturday from 12pm to 2pm.

Warwick is one stop on Mr Johnson's tour of Australia with his charity Love your Sister.

The charity began as a joint effort to raise 10 million dollars with his sister Connie after she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer.

With the support of the Australian public, the pair raised 6 million dollars towards "vanquishing” cancer before Mrs Johnson sadly passed in 2017.

Two years later, Mr Johnson is just one million dollars away from fulfilling the promise he made to his sister on her deathbed and hopes Warwick can help.

Assistant manager of Emporium Lane Michelle Marriage said Mr Johnson's story was one everyone could related to.

"No matter who you talk to someone has a family member or best friend that's been affected by cancer,” she said.

"We all have stories.”

That was why Mrs Marriage approached the Love your Sister team, offering to drum up some money, shout the team a feed and provide some fuel if they made the trip.

"I just thought it would be awesome,” she said.

The actor will be selling merchandise and taking donations from his touring van on Palmerin Street.

All proceeds will be directed towards the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, one of Australia's largest medical research centres working on a cure for cancer.

Mrs Marriage said she hopes residents inspired by the aspiring dancer's story will pass the hat around at home and at work to help raise funds for the cause.

"Let's just kick cancer to the curb!” she said.